This problem may be worse than I thought!
It's understandable that newbies judge the peg by the price on centralised exchanges with low volume, like this https://bitsharestalk.org/index.php?topic=11036.0
But it's gotta be a problem when more experienced people think the same way. Talking about volatility, and the peg, Adam B Levine mentions that there's almost no volume on bter, and that the rate is 95 cents on the dollar. It was on Let's Talk Bitcoin! #164 - The Page and the Notes with the Peertracks guys at about 30:30 minutes in.
People need to realise that the price of BitAssets aren't significant when it's exceptionally low volumes of exchange. Where the proper volumes of exchange occur (currently on the BitShares exchange) are where the price is relevant.
If I saw someone on the street being given a dollar for free by another person, would it make sense for me to start announcing that the price of the dollar was unstable and had collapsed? (I'm not saying this is equivalent to Adam's comment).
Edit: to be clear, when I say, 'it's gotta be a problem when more experienced people think the same way', I'm not saying there's a problem with BitUSD or the peg. I'm saying it's gotta be a problem for BitShares that people are misunderstanding the situation. I.e. what can we do to educate people and help them to see sense. Perhaps this is an issue which marketing can help with? I'd like to see an episode on LTB to set the record straight on many issues relating to the perception of BitShares...